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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

CPB Office of Inspector General Publishes Report--Finds Violations by Former CPB Chair

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Inspector General has published his Report of Review as requested by members of Congress, and has found "evidence that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) former Chairman violated statutory provisions and the Director's Code of Ethics by dealing directly with one of the creators of a new public affairs program during negotiations with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the CPB over creating the show. Our review also found evidence that suggests that "political tests" were a  major criteria used by the former Chairman in recruiting a President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for CPB, which violated statutory prohibitions against such practices." The former Chair, Kenneth Tomlinson, had been accused of threatening to withhold funds from PBS unless it "balanced its programming", investigating the politics of the guests on Bill Moyers' show "Now With Bill Moyers" , and seeking candidates for the presidency of CPB who were identifiably Republican. Complaints had gone on for some time before Tomlinson's resignation early in November. Read more here. Read the Inspector General's entire report here.

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